Michigan-based SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary recently rescued a 10-day-old calf. The calf was, heartbreakingly, seen as a “necessary loss” by the dairy industry because she was significantly small for her age (at 10 days old?!) and therefore unable to breed. The dairy industry left her to starve to death, but her sad beginning is all behind her now!
As you can see in the video below, the baby is now warm and safe. She may have been a “loss” to the dairy industry, but for the kind people at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary, this precious baby doesn’t need to provide milk to be worthy of love.
The little one loves to give kisses – especially to her caretaker, Sofia in the beautiful sunshine!
“Now, she has the ability to live out her life in peace and happiness. She will never feel terror or fear,” SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary writes on their Facebook page.
In the below video, you can see her enjoying a gorgeous 60-degree day, running and frolicking on the sanctuary grounds for the first time!
Cows are naturally playful, curious, and energetic and we are so happy this sweet one has gotten a second chance at life! If you’d like to donate towards the calf’s medical care, click here. Every little bit helps!
The suffering of cows in the dairy industry is largely overlooked by most people. Because cows naturally produce milk and aren’t killed in the process of milking – unlike cows raised for meat – there is an enormous misconception that cows in the dairy industry live happy lives. However, in order for dairy cows to produce milk, they have to be impregnated and give birth to a calf, for whom this milk is intended. Sadly, because milk is considered a commodity meant for human consumption, babies born into the dairy industry are separated from their mothers mere moments after birth.
While the suffering of mother cows is heartbreaking, the experience for calves is no better. Only a small portion of female calves are raised to become dairy cows like their mothers, those that can’t be used by the dairy farmer are sold to become veal or raised as a beef cow. Male calves are considered “waste” to the dairy industry and are typically all sold for veal or beef. Considered little more than a “means to an end,” dairy calves are fated to short lives filled with misery.
Please help educate your friends and family about the truth of the dairy industry by sharing this post with them! To learn more about SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary and the incredible work they do on behalf of farm animals, visit their website.
Image Source: SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary/Facebook